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Posted Oct 16, 2013

The Cleveland Browns start a two-week road trip with Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

The Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers have been recent preseason rivals, but the two teams will renew their regular-season series with Sunday’s game at famed Lambeau Field.

The Browns enter the game at 3-3 after a 31-17 loss to the Detroit Lions, while the Packers look to continue build on their two-game winning streak by taking down another AFC North Division opponent after last Sunday’s 19-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

In the regular season, the Browns last played the Packers at Lambeau Field on Sept. 18, 2005, and came back to Cleveland with a 26-24 victory over their NFC North Division counterparts. However, the Packers returned the favor with a 31-3 win over the Browns at then-Cleveland Browns Stadium on Oct. 25, 2009.

This year’s game at Lambeau Field will be the second of three contests at non-AFC North Division stadiums that the Browns will visit for the second consecutive year.

During the regular season, the Browns travel to Lambeau Field, where they played a preseason game in 2012, and the second-to-last road game of 2013 will be against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium, where Cleveland faced off against the Giants last year.

All-time, the Browns are 7-11-0 against the Packers in the regular season, and 3-4-0 in games played at Lambeau Field.

As this year’s game unfolds, there are several players to keep an eye on:

Defensive back Joe Haden. And the hits just keep on coming for the Browns’ top cornerback, as he will get tested by a Packers offense that has accounted for nearly 1,600 passing yards and 10 scoring plays in six games this season.

Haden has defended 54 passes in 48 career games, an average of 1.13 per game since the 2010 season. That is the second-most of any NFL player with 50 pass breakups since the start of the 1994 season.

Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson. The eight-year veteran leads the Browns with 55 total tackles, including team-bests with 33 solo stops and 22 assists. Jackson has registered double-digit tackles in three of the last four games.

When Jackson has registered double-digit tackles totals this season, the Browns have won every game. Jackson had 11 tackles in wins at Minnesota and against Buffalo, and registered 10 stops, including a season-best seven solo tackles, against Cincinnati.

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon. Despite playing in only four of the team’s six games this season, Gordon ranks second on the team with 429 yards and two touchdowns on 25 receptions, and has twice gone over the 100-yard mark in a game, a first for the team since wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi accomplished the feat as a rookie in 2009.

After catching 10 passes for 146 yards and one touchdown in his season debut against the Vikings four weeks ago, Gordon again reached the 100-yard plateau with 126 yards on seven catches in a loss to the Lions last Sunday.

With 100 yards receiving Sunday, Gordon would be the first Browns player with 100 or more yards in back-to-back games since Braylon Edwards in 2006. He would also be the first receiver since Edwards in 2008 with three 100-yard games in a single season.

Tight end Jordan Cameron. Including his five catches for 64 yards against the Lions, Cameron leads the team with 38 receptions for 460 yards and five touchdowns. He has averaged 12.1 yards per reception this season.

His 38 receptions are the most of any Browns player and his 460 yards are tied for fourth in team history through the first six games of a season.

Cameron’s 38 catches are the most in the NFL by a tight end, and sixth in the NFL overall. He is third in the NFL in receiving yards among tight ends, and tied for 11th in scoring among non-kickers.

With one touchdown Sunday, Cameron would be the first Browns player since Edwards in 2007 to have at least six scoring receptions in a season. It would also put him in a class with Pro Football Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome as the only tight ends in team history with at least six touchdowns in a single season.

Browns offensive linemen Joe Thomas and Alex Mack. Thomas has started each of the 102 games and taken 6,256 consecutive snaps since being selected by the Browns with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Thomas is tied for the third-longest streak of consecutive starts among active NFL offensive linemen.

Mack has started 70 straight games, and begun 4,331 consecutive plays for the Browns.

Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Nelson is second on the team with 27 receptions, but leads Green Bay with 484 yards and four touchdowns. He also averages a team-best 17.9 yards per reception.

Nelson figures to be a bigger part of the Packers’ offense because of a serious leg injury to Randall Cobb, who caught 29 passes for 378 yards and two scores over the first six weeks of the regular season.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has completed 118 of 184 pass attempts (64.1 percent) for 1,646 yards and 10 touchdowns against four interceptions. Despite being sacked 14 times for 99 lost yards, Rodgers has a quarterback rating of 101.9 heading into Sunday’s game.

In his only other career game against the Browns, Rodgers completed 15 of 20 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 155.4 in a 31-3 win at Cleveland on Oct. 25, 2009.

Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk. Hawk leads the Packers with 42 total tackles, 29 solo stops and 13 assists. His three sacks are tied with fellow linebackers Nick Perry and Clay Matthews III for the best on the team.

Hawk leads a Packers defense that has registered 17 total sacks and forced eight fumbles through six games this season.

Next week, the Browns conclude a two-game road trip against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Packers travel to Mall of America Field at the H.H.H. Metrodome for a Sunday Night Football match-up against the Vikings.

CONNECTIONS

Browns wide receiver Charles Johnson was on the Packers’ practice squad earlier this season.

Thomas is a native of Brookfield, Wisc., and went to Brookfield Central High School. He captained his football and basketball teams as a senior, and later went to the University of Wisconsin.

Inside linebackers coach Ken Flajole was the Packers’ defensive assistant/quality control coach in 1998.

Green Bay quarterback Seneca Wallace spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Browns, where he saw action in 14 games and made seven starts. Wallace completed 119 of 208 pass attempts for 1,261 yards and six touchdowns against four interceptions with the Browns.

Packers offensive lineman Garth Gerhart spent the 2012 season on the Browns’ practice squad, and tackle Aaron Adams was signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent and went through training camp with the team in 2013.

Hawk (Kettering/Centerville), cornerback Micah Hyde (Fostoria), tight end Jake Stoneburner (Dublin/Coffman), and defensive lineman Jerel Worthy (Dayton/Chaminade-Julienne) are Ohio natives.

Hawk, defensive lineman Ryan Pickett and Stoneburner all went to The Ohio State University.

Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers is a native of Cambridge, Ohio, and started at Meadowbrook High School before playing college football at the University of Mount Union and earning a Master’s degree at Kent State University. He also served as an assistant coach at Kent State (1972-74) and Ohio State (1982-83).

Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac was born in Youngstown and earned All-Ohio recognition in both football and wrestling at Austintown-Fitch High School. As a senior, he was Ohio’s Defensive Lineman of the Year and the state heavyweight wrestling champion.

Assistant offensive line coach Joel Hilgenberg is the son of Jerry Hilgenberg, a fourth-round pick of the Browns in 1954. His brother, Jay, spent the 1992 season with the Browns.

Quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo assisted The University of Akron’s football recruiting efforts in 2004 before joining the New Orleans Saints’ coaching staff.

Secondary/safeties coach Darren Perry mentored the Cincinnati Bengals safeties in 2002.

Matthews III is the son of Browns Legend Clay Matthews. The elder Matthews played for the Browns from 1978-93, and holds franchise records for the most consecutive seasons (16), games played (232), and quarterback sacks (76.5).

MEDIA

Fans can watch Sunday’s game at 4:25 p.m./ET on local CBS affiliate, WOIO-TV 19 as Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and former NFL defensive back Solomon Wilcots (color analyst) call the action.

The game is also available along the PNC Bank Cleveland Browns Radio Network with Jim Donovan, former Browns left tackle Doug Dieken, and Jamir Howerton on the call.

Compass Media Networks will be carrying the game on SiriusXM Channel 807 with Matt Smith (play-by-play) and Tony Hall (color analyst) on the call.

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